Yesterday my seven year old son asked me, “So Mom, what exactly did Jesus death on the cross accomplish and how does it save us?
Apparently ‘Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins so we could be with him in heaven’ is no longer sufficient.
So, I began explaining both Penal Substitution and Christus Victor aspects of the atonement (because I think it’s both/and, not either/or). While I was struggling to communicate these concepts in language that a kid could understand, my ten year old nephew entered the room, and with a Socratic air, asked, “So what is sin? I mean really—what is it exactly?
Holy cow! It’s encouraging to see these guys really engaging their faith and seeking after more depth, and I think I did OK explaining…but I left that little discussion feeling like maybe I needed to go back to school!
Or maybe I should send the kids to seminary so they can explain things to me… 🙂